What makes Stadshuset extraordinary, however, is the interior. There are two courtyards, one uncovered (shown here) and one covered. The interior courtyard is used every year in December for the Nobel Prize banquet. The meeting room used by the Stockholm council has a roof designed to look like an overturned Viking longboat; Viking chiefs held their meetings in the winter, and used their overturned craft as shelter.
Then there is the incredible Golden Hall: a huge room with walls entirely covered with handmade mosaics. Formed from gold foil pressed between two layers of glass, the Golden Hall is truly golden, and the warm glow makes the room intimate despite the vast size. Scanned from a photographic print. © 1997 Lawrence I. Charters